Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah dies aged 86: royal court

DUBAI: Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah passed away on Saturday at the age of 86, the Amiri Diwan said in a broadcasted statement. 

He will be succeeded by Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who has been declared as the new emir on Saturday, according to state news agency KUNA.

Kuwait has announced official mourning for 40 days and the closure of official departments for three days.

In late November, Sheikh Nawaf was admitted to the hospital due to a medical emergency. He was later declared in stable condition.

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